Pho in San Antonio?
- Heidi May 31, 2006 10:13 AM
Looking for a good bowl of yummy pho in San Antonio.
I'm no pho expert, but I had my share when I lived in Houston. In SA I've been to Pho San Antonio a couple of times... the pho was good and the people were friendly. Can't compare it to any other pho houses in SA, though, because I haven't had the chance to go anywhere else yet. Pho San Antonio is on Wurzbach south of the medical center.
There is a really good pho place at Bitters Road and West Ave. It is in the same strip mall as Rome Pizza. I can't remeber the name, but it's pretty easy to find. You should check it out.
Pho Cong Ly ?
300 W Bitters
If that's the one I recall ... friends raved about it ... I found it mediocre -- decent service but they don't handle a dozen folks at a table very well. The pho doesn't compare to that which is available at the good pho places in Houston -- the ingredients just aren't as fresh. I haven't tried any of the other pho places in S.A.
I'd be glad to find better here in S.A.
Since moving our office over near Bandera and 410, I've had to try new lunch places. I thought Pho San Antonio just OK. We have also tried Pho Ha Long 6424 NW Loop 410, its very good. I have actually only tried Bun vermicelli Bowls with shrimp and pork. It was enough to share. Second visit was a rice dish we did not enjoy as much as vermicelli. But almost every table was eating soup (Pho) which I will try very soon. This place smells so wonderful when you walk in. It is difficult at times communicating with waiters. Oh we tried the fresh springs rolls (good) but the fried one, 2 to an order, at 2.99 was excellent.
Moving to San Antonio from Chicago, I have been disappointed (almost daily) in the S.A. food scene, or lack there of, especially anything this side of hamburgers/tacos/BBQ!. It is fair to say that I am currently in "food shock". I mean, how many hamburger/mexican/BBQ places do we really need in one town? I appreciate local cuisine and all..but this is kind of ridiculous! It is no surprise that my eyes widen with glee whenever I see some ethnic variety in S.A. restaurant options :)
I recently ate at Pho San Antonio, it was okay at best. No comparison to really good/cheap Pho in Chicago though. I will check out Pho Ha Long on 410. That seems promising! Will update later.
I moved back here after 7 years in Chicago and Minneapolis. We just have to come to grips with the fact that we can't find food here that would compare to the most mediocre restaurants in Chicago (especially ethnic food (not Mexican)). What I miss most are good midwestern American restaurants, small portions and refined. Here it's all gigantic portions and "American" is a bad burger.